Distinctive Hope: Rivalry Renewed x 200

The story never grows old because it never has the same script twice. Over a span of 198 games since 1920, Hope College and Calvin College have played men’s basketball games to one-of-a-kind conclusions in front of rivalrous crowds resulting in tight records and stats. Hope leads the series, 103-95, by only 89 points. That’s less than half a point difference per game! The Rivalry has captured the imagination of not only West Michigan but also ESPN (which has ranked Hope-Calvin the fourth-best college basketball rivalry in the nation) and The New York Times (which featured a rivalry game in 2015), among others. When Saturday, February 2, rolls around at the DeVos Fieldhouse, the two MIAA opponents will meet for a momentous 200th time.